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Food Recalls – How Seriously Do You Take Them?

By Meghan Gesswein |

For the last few weeks, every time we’ve gone into the grocery store my son has asked me to get him cantaloupe. And even though I know that the cantaloupe available in our store is safe, I can’t bring myself to buy it.

In case you live under a rock and haven’t heard, there was a major cantaloupe recall recently due to a deadly Listeria contamination. Only cantaloupes from a specific farm in Colorado were found to be contaminated and subsequently recalled, but the daily updates of illnesses and deaths due to Listeria have had me on guard and nervous. According to the CDC, as of October 18th, 25 deaths had been reported, along with one stillborn baby, and 123 people had been sickened.

From Cantaloupe.

Today, I read about new recalls for bagged salads and organic eggs. And while I logically understand that there is a very small risk of illness from eating cantaloupe, bagged salad or eggs that weren’t recalled, I still find myself shying away from those products at the grocery store. Because while the risk may be very small, there is in fact, still a risk. And it’s a risk I am not willing to take. Especially after reading this article from Food Safety News where they drive home the point that while the FDA has gone to the trouble to recall contaminated foods, in this case cantaloupes, they aren’t releasing information about where the recalled melons were sold, and retailers are remaining silent about the source of their produce.

There are far too many unknowns.

And while I realize that putting my children in a car every day is taking a bit of a risk, it is both a necessary evil and, if something were to happen, would be an accident. I can control my children’s consumption of possibly contaminated foods. So I am going to continue to be careful about what we purchase to eat.

Where do you stand on the subject? Do you buy “safe” foods that have been recalled? And if not, how long do you wait before you start to purchase those foods again?

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About Meghan Gesswein


Meghan Gesswein

Meghan Gesswein is a stay at home mom to three boys. Most of the time. Meghan is extremely active online, and writes for the ever growing mom blog, Meghan GWine. She was a regular contributor to the Parenting channels on Babble.

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One thought on “Food Recalls – How Seriously Do You Take Them?

  1. Christine says:

    I can tell you where the cantaloupe was from…It was from a SMALL farm in northeastern Colorado called Jensen Farms (in Holly, Colorado, not even located in Rocky Ford, about 160+ miles away) and the cantaloupes you see that are labeled “Rocky Ford” are 100% completely safe. Jensen farms, where the Listeria outbreak generated, and is contained, simply used the “Rocky Ford” seed. I don’t want to be a troll, but when people don’t buy the cantaloupe harvest, it hurts small towns like Rocky Ford who’s entire economy is dependent on the cantaloupe harvest, and when people don’t buy the fruit, the families there suffer. I’m watching it happen here in Colorado.
    I understand you want to keep your families safe.I understand that 100000000000000%. But don’t let other families suffer because of a fear that can be solved when you get home but washing your fruits and vegatables and following food safety.
    (here’s some information from our local news

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